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A majority of Walters State students receive financial aid to help pay for college. A variety of resources are available from federal, state institutional and private sources including grants, scholarships and work study programs. One of the first steps in the financial aid process is filling out the Free Application for Federal Students Aid (FAFSA).

Have questions about financial aid? Click here to start learning more about the process and how it applies to you. Let's get started with Financial Aid 101.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding (HEERF)

The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) released guidance related to CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEERF) funding to higher education institutions to assist students with unmet expenses as a result of COVID-19.

CARES Act HEERF Payment and Disbursement

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Verification Priority Deadlines

June 30
October 31
March 31


In order to have aid packaged by fee payment deadlines, the FAFSA must be filed and all verification documents submitted to our office by these dates.

Be proactive by submitting all required documents and checking MyWS frequently. Students that fail to meet the financial aid priority deadline should make other arrangements to pay fees.

Failure to pay fees by the appropriate deadline may result in a student's schedule being deleted.

IRS Tax Return Transcripts

The "Get Transcript Online" option is available from the IRS and will allow you to immediately receive an online PDF version of your IRS Tax Return Transcript.

Learn more about IRS Tax Return Transcripts and Tax Returns

Submit Financial Aid Verification Forms Online

If you were selected for verification, you can now access your verification documents online from MyWS.

How to Access and Submit Forms Online

Additional Information about Verification

Computers are available in the financial aid office and we would be happy to assist you.

Tennessee Promise LogoTennessee Promise Students

Make sure you complete all requirements to maintain eligibility for the Tennessee Promise Scholarship!

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Have you completed your FAFSA?

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Walters State School Code is 008863

This application must be completed each year as it is required for all federal and state programs, including the Tennessee Lottery Scholarship and the Tennessee Promise.

Learn more about completing the FAFSA

Books and Supplies

The college does offer a provision to allow students an opportunity to purchase books and supplies. Click here for more detailed information, including updates on when all balance of aid funds will be released.

Financial Aid Census Date

The Financial Aid census date is the 14th day of the full term.

As a result, if your enrollment status changes due to adding or dropping of courses thru this date awards will be adjusted accordingly. Financial Aid may not be adjusted if students add additional classes after the census date. Students are strongly encouraged to always check with the Financial Aid office prior to adjusting their schedule.

Please review examples of how enrollment status changes can impact your award.

Federal Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility

The amount of Federal Pell Grant Funds a student may receive over his or her lifetime is limited by a new federal law to be equivalent of six years (600%) of Pell Grant Funding or receipt of a Bachelor's degree whichever is sooner. A student whose Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) is equal or exceeds 600% is no longer eligible to receive Pell funding.

The Department of Education keeps track of your LEU by adding together the percentages of your Pell Grant scheduled awards that you received for each award year. The calculation of the duration of a student's eligibility will include all years of the student's receipt of Federal Pell Grant funding. This change in the duration of students' Federal Pell Grant eligibility is not limited only to students who received their first Federal Pell Grant on or after the 2008-2009 award year, as the HEA previously provided when the duration of eligibility was 18 semesters.

Walters State Promise Guaranteed Scholarships

WS Promise LogoAt Walters State, we value the academic accomplishments of students from our area and are introducing a new scholarship program to help students achieve their educational goals. Walters State Promise Scholarships are guaranteed to students that meet certain academic criteria.

Senators Scholars – available to graduating seniors who have a minimum high school GPA of 3.7 and 24 National or State ACT score prior to the first day of class in the fall term.

Senators Scholars Dual Enrollment Award – supplemental award to former dual enrollment students who meet the Senators Scholars requirements and have at least 12 institutional earned hours of college credit at Walters State with a 3.0 college level GPA.

Senators Dual Enrollment Achievement Award – awarded to graduating seniors who have earned at least 12 institutional hours of college credit with a 3.0 college GPA as a Walters State dual enrollment student.

Senators Adult Learner Completion Award – awarded to adult students 25 years or older that have earned at least 40 college hours with a minimum 3.0 GPA that are within 15 credit hours of current degree completion.

Come by the Financial Aid Office for a detailed list of requirements to meet and maintain eligibility for these scholarships.

To Learn More About the Walters State Promise Click Here

The purpose of the Financial Aid Office at Walters State Community College is to provide access to higher education for all students by providing comprehensive financial assistance through quality service and timely processing of aid for all eligible students.